Barling Leaders to Push for Liquor Law Change

The Barling Board of Directors will meet with Arkansas’ Municipal League in Little Rock tonight (June 18) to lobby for a change to legislation that restricts the city from being wet or dry.

In a November 2012 vote, residents in Barling approved for the city to become wet. However, that vote was ruled invalid under Arkansas law which states cities in a dry county cannot choose to go wet.

“We want to bring [liquor sales] to our city for sales tax revenue or just tax revenue in general,” said City Administrator Mike Tanner.

Sebastian county is a dry county, except for the city of Fort Smith. Fort Smith passed the law to become wet before the state law went into effect.

 The meeting will take place tonight at 5:00 p.m.

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